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351 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:07 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:
bethk wrote:Went to a FABULOUS Italian Gourmet Grocery / Deli.....A * M * A * Z * I * N * G

Here are some of the pics I took before the manager politely informed me I could not take pics.....










Beth, normally I try not to "replay" people's pictures but these photos were SOOOOO freaking impressive that I just had to give them another run!  Am  so glad you got to snap so many prior to the manager telling you no pics.  The food looks fantastic and the layout is beyond belief!  What did you get there, if anything?

So glad you're having fun!  We miss you!

Foods and pics are outstanding. Now comes My Question?????
W H Y did the Manager ( @$$$$$$$ ) comment on N O T Taking pictures???
What reason could it have been?

352 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:53 pm

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A lot of 'high end' stores and delis have that policy.....they don't want anyone to 'steal' their creative display and/or figure out how to make the same products at lower prices. It wasn't any big deal. I got most of the pics I wanted. Didn't get the fresh meat case OR the bakery (which was, of course, absolutely beautiful) but the prepared pasta dishes were so pretty ~ and I got a great pic of their salad and olive bar.

Attached to the grocery was a deli and pizza parlor so you could go in and have lunch.

353 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:01 pm

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Crybaby wrote:
Beth, normally I try not to "replay" people's pictures but these photos were SOOOOO freaking impressive that I just had to give them another run!  Am  so glad you got to snap so many prior to the manager telling you no pics.  The food looks fantastic and the layout is beyond belief!  What did you get there, if anything?

So glad you're having fun!  We miss you!

Lyn picked up some Italian tuna packed in garlic olive oil, we got the peach/mango salsa, regular tomato salsa, store made guacamole and 'homemade' tortilla chips (all were set out for 'taste testing').  IF we were staying longer we would have bought some of their 'store made' tomato bruschetta with fresh toasts ~ again, available for tasting and excellent!

Their fresh fish and fresh meat cases were very impressive and, surprisingly, although pricey, not out of line from the prices I see at Fresh Market in The Villages.

We've had such a fun time. Two of the girls left to go back to Delaware and/or Ohio this morning so now it's just 3 of us. The only plans we have right now is a 'full' whole lobster dinner tomorrow night at a restaurant next door ~ $21.95 for 1-1/2 lb. lobster with potato & salad. Barb asked if I'd break down her lobster for her IF we went. I told her I showed her how to do it last year when we went to Hilton Head and she should have paid better attention then! Hahahahahaha!

354 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:18 pm

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We saw a little 'hole-in-the-wall' restaurant in a strip mall called Lola's Seafood Eatery and thought we'd give it a try for lunch. Good call on our part ~ couldn't have asked for fresher tasting seafood.

Lyn had a Lump Crab Salad with Feta and Orange Vinegarette:



Barb and I wanted to split Clam Strips and Fried Shrimp ~ some of each:





Now we're back at the condo and will probably have pretzels and hummus with Bloody Marys for our supper!

355 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:33 pm

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Gordon Ramsey, the annoying British chef said once in an interview that we should NEVER order the special on a Sunday or Monday if it is seafood. He said that most restaurants get their fresh seafood on Tuesdays and if it's the special, then they have to move it!

I think here the restaurants tell the price when telling about the specials.

356 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:16 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Tina threw a nice pot roast in the slow cooker. Carrots, celery, and onion with it.
I made Bavarian Potato Dumplings. Mashed potatoes and shoe peg corn for DIL and GD ad DIL's mom.

Tina made a French Vanilla cake with her Butter cream icing. I had a little piece; a little piece, and another, which equaled a big piece and a half. I washed it down with a 'Yoohoo" chocolate drink, ice cold.

357 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:56 pm

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I put a thick slice of eye of round in the oven early today with some onion soup mix and some nice summer squash for tonight. Yummy!

358 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:58 pm

NormM

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I don't usually care much for fried shrimp, but when I saw Beth's, I decided that was what I wanted for dinner tonight. Mine was a thin beer batter like tempura.  We also had fried pickles and lemon slices and a spiral cut potato baked with grated cheese and a spicy cocktail sauce.

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359 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:07 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:I don't usually care much for fried shrimp, but when I saw Beth's, I decided that was what I wanted for dinner tonight. Mine was a thin beer batter like tempura.  We also had fried pickles and lemon slices and a spiral cut potato baked with grated cheese and a spicy cocktail sauce.


Shrimp surely looks good from my end too Norm!
I don't know about the fried pickles though. Never had them fried, so maybe that would be a try it soon item.

360 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:26 pm

NormM

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this is the first time I fired pickles and lemon slices too and both were good.

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361 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:33 pm

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My scalp is sweating just thinking about fried lemons. Makes my jaw hurt too. Not my cup of tea.

362 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:45 am

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NormM wrote:I don't usually care much for fried shrimp, but when I saw Beth's, I decided that was what I wanted for dinner tonight. Mine was a thin beer batter like tempura.  We also had fried pickles and lemon slices and a spiral cut potato baked with grated cheese and a spicy cocktail sauce.


Glad I could be your inspiration, Norm! I love, love, LOVE your idea of fried lemon slices ~ have NEVER thought of doing that before but it's definitely on my radar now. Great idea!

The fried dill pickles is one of our favorite 'bar food' appetizers. We order them regularly. I like when they have a light coating with just a bit of corn meal for extra crunch. I don't care for the dill spears fried but the thin pickle chips are oh, so good. But if anyone has trouble with salt, because of the dill pickles being in a salt brine, it's usually a no-no. I don't over-do, but (in my opinion) with moderation ~ and having fried dill pickles with a Bloody Mary is one of my 'perfectly balanced' meals! LOL LOL

363 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:21 am

NormM

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I found the lemon sliced really thin turned out the best.

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364 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:30 am

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Niagara Visitor wrote:Gordon Ramsey, the annoying British chef said once in an interview that we should NEVER order the special on a Sunday or Monday if it is seafood.  He said that most restaurants get their fresh seafood on Tuesdays and if it's the special, then they have to move it!

Maybe 'cause I live in a seafood-centric city like New Orleans, but most restaurants here do not receive only one shipment a week of seafood! Yuck! I don't even keep fresh seafood in my fridge for a week prior to cooking it, even if it has already been cooked, like lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp or the like!

Brian and I lived three blocks away from Commander's Palace, one of N.O.'s premiere restaurants (both Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse cooked for years at Commander's before opening places of their own), for 12-1/2 years. Believe it or not, they got seafood and fresh vegetables delivered daily, as we would see the trucks delivering every morning when we were heading to work. Of course, I'm sure other things were delivered daily, too, like bread and dairy products, but we actually saw the trucks delivering the seafood and the fresh veggies and the food being wheeled into the restaurant every morning!

Laughed, Lore, as I find Gordon Ramsey annoying, too!!

365 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:38 am

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Beth wrote:Now we're back at the condo and will probably have pretzels and hummus with Bloody Marys for our supper!

Your meals all looked good, Beth, but that lump crabmeat salad looked really, really good!

I've enjoyed fried pickle slices, too. Never had fried lemon slices but I do eat the entire slices of lemon when I use them in cooking, like in some type of meat dish. Love, love, love anything lemon, and I'll bet I'd enjoy them fried. Bet they'd be super with Meyer lemons, too!

366 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:07 pm

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Generalized statements always have exceptions. Things people say can change over time too. Back in the 1960's James Beard said one should always order the thing the region is famous for, saying if you order lobster in Kansas City, for example, you will get it and you will deserve it. That may still be true, I don't know but the common practice of keeping them alive and air transport probably changed that at least somewhat.

At the same time, I worked for a vegetable supplier to restaurants for a couple months one summer and the restaurants that had the highest reputation, bought the freshest fruit and vegetables everyday.

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367 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:46 pm

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Crybaby wrote:

Brian and I lived three blocks away from Commander's Palace, one of N.O.'s premiere restaurants (both Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse cooked for years at Commander's before opening places of their own), for 12-1/2 years.  Believe it or not, they got seafood and fresh vegetables delivered daily, as we would see the trucks delivering every morning when we were heading to work.  Of course, I'm sure other things were delivered daily, too, like bread and dairy products, but we actually saw the trucks delivering the seafood and the fresh veggies and the food being wheeled into the restaurant every morning!  

Michelle ~ when I get back home remind me to tell you my "Commander's Palace" story......it's a hoot!

368 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:21 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Had supper. Chicken soup with wide noodles. good
Stuffed Peppers ... good

Now for dessert. French vanilla cake Tina made.

369 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:31 pm

NormM

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I made burgers and fries for dinner tonight.

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370 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:34 pm

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Last night of vacation ~ local hotel had '1-1/2 lb. Lobster Special' for $21.95, included a Caesar Salad & Baked Potato:

371 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:13 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:Last night of vacation ~ local hotel had '1-1/2 lb. Lobster Special' for $21.95, included a Caesar Salad & Baked Potato:


pig I'll take two please, and may we have more bread rolls. thank you! pig

372 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:52 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Just a Note:
I opened a new thread for October dinner and the other one, breakfast /brunch/ lunch

373 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm

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Beth wrote:Michelle ~ when I get back home remind me to tell you my "Commander's Palace" story......it's a hoot!

Can't wait. I do hope it's a good story and that you enjoyed yourself.

374 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:18 pm

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Beth wrote:Last night of vacation ~ local hotel had '1-1/2 lb. Lobster Special' for $21.95, included a Caesar Salad & Baked Potato:

Mmmm, mmmmm! Wow. You can get lobster here but NEVER for $21.95! Recently I told Brian I might buy one at the grocery from the tank and have them steam it for me. I've been craving lobster lately. I'd rather have one served to me, though, with a Caesar Salad and a baked potato for $21.95!!!

375 Re: September 2016, Whats for Dinner?? on Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:40 am

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bethk wrote:Went to a FABULOUS Italian Gourmet Grocery / Deli.....A * M * A * Z * I * N * G

Here are some of the pics I took before the manager politely informed me I could not take pics.....










I know, I know -- it's October! But I just showed these pics to Brian and he was as wowed by them as I was. I just had to show them again! I only wish I could read the cards identifying the dishes and, I presume, the price. We went to Palm Beach once when Brian's parents owned a condo there but we never made it to a grocery -- and I'm sure they didn't go to one like this or they would've taken us there! Once they moved down to this condo permanently from Cape Cod, they decided they didn't like condo living! They thought their neighbors were too nosy and very gossipy (big grin)! I was in the pool while there and someone was getting furniture delivered in a department store delivery truck and I had to laugh, as about half a dozen old ladies walked up next to the truck to watch and see what was going to be unloaded!!! Now THAT is nosy!!!

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